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The Michael Schenker Group [2009 Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
The concept may seem patently absurd, but guitarists were held in such high regard during the late '70s and early '80s that many elite players were given to tantrums and notions of self-worship usually reserved only for singers and divas. And maybe no one better exemplified this six-string megalomania than German guitarist Michael Schenker, whose turbulent flights of emotional fancy had already earned him the "Mad Michael" nickname during his mercurial tenure with Brit rockers UFO. Of course, this behavior simply went into overdrive when the guitar legend launched the Michael Schenker Group with a 1980 self-titled album, which was at times as unstable as the man ...
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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
The concept may seem patently absurd, but guitarists were held in such high regard during the late '70s and early '80s that many elite players were given to tantrums and notions of self-worship usually reserved only for singers and divas. And maybe no one better exemplified this six-string megalomania than German guitarist Michael Schenker, whose turbulent flights of emotional fancy had already earned him the "Mad Michael" nickname during his mercurial tenure with Brit rockers UFO. Of course, this behavior simply went into overdrive when the guitar legend launched the Michael Schenker Group with a 1980 self-titled album, which was at times as unstable as the man himself. Witness the downright weird, Jimmy Buffet-like calypso melodies that introduce "Cry for the Nations" or the absurd title bestowed upon the delicate solo guitar piece "Bijou Pleasurette." But fear not, as for the most part the album is dominated by straightforward hard rockers very much in the UFO vein. Highlights like "Looking Out from Nowhere" and "Lost Horizons" are laced with the pomp and bombast typical of the era, and storming opener "Armed and Ready" is arguably Schenker's finest solo track. Vocalist Gary Barden wisely stays out of the way, his understated style not unlike that of UFO singer Phil Mogg placing all emphasis where it is intended: Schenker's stunning axe work. In spite of its random quirks, the general consensus among fans holds that this remains the MSG's best work. [The 2009 reissue included bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Emi France
  • EAN: 5099926764825
  • Catalog Number: 267648
  • Sales rank: 32,284

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Schenker Primary Artist, Guitar
Mo Foster Bass
Simon Phillips Drums
Billy Sheehan Bass
Don Airey Keyboards
Gary Barden Vocals
Denny Carmassi Drums
Chris Glen Bass
Cozy Powell Drums
Paul Raymond Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Roger Glover Producer
Gary Barden Composer
Gary Edwards Engineer
Peter Mew Remastering
Gareth Edwards Engineer
Hipgnosis Cover Design
Peter Wagg Art Direction
Cliff Burnstein Management
Dave Ling Liner Notes
Rebecca Edwards Reissue Design
Peter Mensch Management
Schenker Composer
Pete Mew Remastering
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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    An Awesome Album !!

    This album is great from start to finish. Great songs, sensational guitar solos, great drumming and wonderful vocals. This is Michael Schenker at his best and with Simon Phillips on drums. You can`t beat this album. It`s a must for all hard rock & metal collections.

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